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'Lessons need to be learned' after 19 deaths at care home

The relatives of elderly residents, who died as a result of neglect at a care home in Sussex, say that lessons still need to be learned from their terrible experience.

A damning report this summer into what was happening at Orchid View at Copthorne near Crawley between 2009 - 2011 found it was riddled with institutionalised abuse, mismanaged and understaffed.

Nineteen patients died at the home - five as a direct result of neglect. West Sussex County Council promised immediate action. But, as Malcolm Shaw reports, the families of those who died still have serious concerns:

Tulips planted in memory and hope on World AIDS Day

Events to mark World AIDS Day were staged across the region yesterday, hoping to raise awareness of the spread of HIV.

More than 35 million people have died from the virus world-wide, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Andy Dickenson visited the Sussex Beacon care centre in Brighton and spoke to HIV sufferers David Fray and Ian Wallace, as well as Tabitha Morrison, Clinical Medical Officer.

Rise in ambulance staff reporting physical assaults

More than 100 ambulance staff in the south east were physically assaulted during the last year, according figures released by the service.

Nine people have been convicted of attacking ambulance paramedics in the last 12 months.

South East Coast Ambulance said this was an increase on the previous year.

Last weekend, a SECAmb member of staff was assaulted in East Sussex, while attending a call.

The male member of staff suffered facial injuries and was treated at Eastbourne District General Hospital. The offender is due to appear in court in December.

The ambulance service have reported a rise in the number of staff being assaulted Credit: ITV Meridian

Just one assault against our staff is one too many and ambulance crews must never be made to feel that violence or the threat of violence is just a part of their jobs.

We encourage staff to report and take action against anyone who physically attacks or verbally abuses them. Of course the huge majority of patients and members of the public know that this kind of behaviour is deplorable and would never think of hurting someone who is there to save lives.

Now all our vehicles are fitted with CCTV, if an assault takes place in the ambulance, we will have better evidence to pass on to police to take forward a prosecution. We are committed to ensuring our staff are protected and feel able to treat patients safely and securely."

– SECAmb Security Manager Steve Robotham

Protesters march to safeguard Eastbourne's A & E

Union members and supporters have been marching to protect Eastbourne's A & E services

Members of the public have joined GMB union members to march in support of Eastbourne's Accident and Emergency services.

The GMB union claims that if bed numbers fall below 400, then A&E at Eastbourne District General Hospital could be downgraded to a minor injury or cottage hospital.

The demonstrators marched through the Sussex town with placards on display


Hepatitis outbreak at Hampshire school

More than 100 people are being vaccinated against Hepatitis A following an outbreak of the disease at a school in Hampshire.

Seven people have been diagnosed at Devonshire Infants and Fernhurst Junior School in Southsea. Public Health England, the nation's health watchdog, is investigating.

The viral infection is rare in this country, and the risk of cross contamination low, but the symptoms can lead to jaundice and liver failure if untreated. Local GPs have been alerted to the risk of further cases.

According to the NHS Choices website the initial symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Mild fever - usually no higher than 39.5ºC (103.1ºF)
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Feeling and being sick
  • Diarrhoea

Leukaemia toddler's parents 'overwhelmed' by response

The parents of a 15 month old girl suffering from a rare form of Leukaemia say they are "overwhelmed" by the response following their appeal for bone marrow donors.

Perri Daniel-Jerram has been receiving chemotherapy at Southampton General Hospital - but doctors say she needs a bone marrow transplant to help save her life.

After we featured her story on Monday - more than 700 people have come forward offering to be tested to see if they are a match. Rachel Hepworth has been speaking to Perri's mum Melanie, and Joanna White from the Pledge for Perri campaign.

New accommodation opens in Southampton for families of children in hospital

New building opens on Monday Credit: ITV news

A new accommodation block opens at Southampton General on Monday to house relatives of children in the hospital. The 53 bedroom house cost 7 million pounds to build and will cost half a million a year to run. Famillies who've used the so called Ronald McDonald houses elsewhere say they're invaluable.

"Home from home" for relatives Credit: ITV news
One of the 53 bedrooms Credit: ITV news

Many families travel long distances to get medical help for their children at Southampton General. The new accommodation aims to take away some of the stresses for relatives. All rooms have a direct line to the children's ward in case of emergency.

Former heroin addict has leg amputated

A former heroin addict who's been forced to have a limb amputated, has issued a stark warning to young people not to get hooked. Jamie Connor from Folkestone had been using the drug for ten years when an overdose left him fighting for his life. He was so ill, surgeons had to remove his left leg. He spoke to ITV Meridian from his hospital bed and pleaded with others not to repeat his mistakes. You may find some of the images in Malcolm Shaw's report distressing.

If you have concerns about drugs, follow these links to drugs charities in the south east that can help:

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